Lawn mowing phenom lands his own ride

Published 10:25 pm Friday, July 1, 2016

During the summer, when most 11-year-old boys are sitting on a couch engrossed with playing video games or swimming with their friends at the neighborhood pool, Dylan Wallace is outside cutting grass.

“My grandparents put me on a lawn mower when I was younger, and I started to like it,” he said.

In fact, Dylan enjoys cutting grass so much, after making the All-A Honor Roll at Beechwood Elementary School this spring his family bought him his own Toro lawnmower.

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Proud of the shiny red grass cutter, Dylan pointed out his mower was a front wheel drive model that was guaranteed to start.

“When we would go to Home Depot, you could always find Dylan in the lawn mower section checking out the mowers,” grandmother Faye Thomas said.

Dylan has been cutting grass since he was six, Thomas said, and she thought his interest in lawn mowers may have been initiated while helping out his grandfather in his backyard workshop.

“When he was a little boy, my husband would ask him (Dylan) to bring him a wrench, and he learned at an early age about mechanics,” she said.

In addition to enjoying cutting grass, Thomas said her grandson is also very proficient with the job.

“Dylan is very meticulous when he is doing yard work, and likes to keep everything tidy,” she said.

He even washes off the mower when he is finished cutting.

In addition to his push mowing skills, Dylan said he also like to use his grandfather’s zero turn lawn mower.

“It’s a lot of fun and my mind is free and easy while riding,” Dylan said.

His grandmother said it took him about two years to sharpen his skills on the zero turn mower, but he drives it now like a professional.

Dylan said he has thought about going to college and studying landscape architecture, since he also likes digging in the dirt and planting flowers, but for now he is just happy to cut grass.




















About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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